Chad was elected to the Dallas City Council in May 2019. In his first City Council term, his priorities have included:

Help for Small Businesses, Self-Employed Individuals and Workforce

  • Advocated for Small Business financial assistance to close the Paycheck Protection Program loan equity gap.
  • Supported entrepreneurs and small business owners during COVID-19.
  • Initiated improvements to building permitting office to aid small businesses and housing developers working to add critical workforce housing.
  • Created #WePPEinOC project to provide much-needed personal protected equipment to small businesses during COVID-19.

Public Safety

  • Supported fully funding DPD, along with initiatives to reimagine policing to address the drivers of poverty
  • Created the District 1 Public Safety Advisory Committee to bring more neighborhood voices into public safety strategy
  • Launched Neighborhood Task Forces to tackle street racing in Oak Cliff
  • Initiated traffic calming measures to slow down traffic in areas where speeding and street racing are common
  • Supported new ordinance to crack down on street racing spectators

Housing and Homelessness Solutions

  • Chair — Oct. 2019-Dec. 2020
  • Supported protections for residential tenants in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Launched challenge to end veteran homelessness in Dallas by end of 2020.
  • Passed Neighborhood Empowerment Zones.
  • Launched the 1,000-unit affordable housing challenge on July 1, 2020.
  • Worked to make ADUs more accessible and to cut through red tape.
  • Supported utilizing the Kay Baily Hutchison Convention Center to shelter homeless individuals during inclement weather and for COVID-19, sheltering more than 45,000 individuals.

Neighborhood Planning Tasks

  • Reopened antiquated parking code to address bloat of commercial parking citywide.
  • Advocated for enhanced zoning change signage to improve readability, including adding QR codes and Spanish translation to zoning change signage.
  • Spearheaded the creation of Parklets Pilot Project.
  • Secured expansion of sidewalk widths of all new build commercial properties.
  • Spearheaded the creation of the Slow Streets Pilot Project.

Arts, Culture, Libraries and Green Space

  • Launched redesign of exterior of North Oak Cliff Library to improve neighborhood integration, eventually connecting to Bishop Arts and Jefferson Boulevard.
  • Continued work on the Coombs Creek Trail expansion project as we work to connect it to the rest of the Dallas trail system.
  • With Council, supported the passage of Climate Action Plan.
  • Supported equitable arts funding by expanding the after-school arts programming for DISD students.
  • Securing funding for access passes for students to Dallas cultural and arts facilities.
  • Advocated for expanding WiFi hotspots in libraries.

LGBT Initiatives

  • One of three council members who initiated flying the City’s newly unveiled PRIDE flag during June celebrating equality for LGBTQ individuals.
  • Working with Collective Hope Coalition advocating for LGBTQ suicide prevention.

DISD and Youth Advocacy

  • Chad is a long-time advocate for children’s and youth health and fitness programming. He is the co-founder of the Dash for the Beads 5K/10K which has contributed more than $325,000 in grants to health and fitness programming for local school children.
  • Prior to his election to the Dallas City Council, Chad developed a partnership with Trustee Ben Mackey, laying a foundation for collaboration on City-DISD development projects. In part because of these efforts, DISD is considering placing a performing arts facility in Chad’s district in a key development location near downtown.
  • Chad endorsed and vocally supported the DISD 2020 Bond Election, adding value and improvements to neighborhood schools.
  • Chad secured funding for after-school programming in city-run recreation centers and addition WIFI units for City libraries in the 2019 and 2020 municipal budgets.
  • Chad welcomed and invited DISD participation in area planning and traffic calming efforts throughout his district.

Past City Service

A neighborhood activist since moving to Oak Cliff in 2008, Chad served as Scott Grigg’s appointee to the City Plan Commission from 2017 to 2018. In his time on the CPC, Chad successfully advocated for single-family neighborhoods, empowered residents and spurred economic development. He worked closely with property owners and residents the power to help create zoning that protects their neighborhoods and invites walkable uses.

Chad is a past representative (2012 and 2017) on the city’s Bond Task Force where he worked to secure funding for Oak Cliff streets, renovations at Kidd Springs Park and expansion of the Coombs Creek Trail. Chad continues to advocate for trail expansions of the trail over to Davis Street via Plymouth with plans to eventually connect the trail to the Martin Weiss Recreation Center.

About Chad

Chad is originally from Southern Illinois – his father is a retired farmer, and his mother is a retired teacher/principal.

The U.S. Army paid for Chad to go to college and eventually brought him to Texas in 1999, where Chad first served at Fort Sam Houston and, later, traveled overseas to Hungary and Bosnia. After completing his tour, Chad was honorably discharged as a combat veteran, and he attended law school at Texas Tech School of Law, where he graduated with honors.

Chad opened his law firm in Oak Cliff in 2010 and has won numerous awards for his legal advocacy. He is a four-time D Magazine “Best Lawyer,” a nine-year “Readers’ Choice Awardee” for the Dallas Voice, a five-year selectee as “Rising Star” for Texas Super Lawyers, and he was selected as the 2012 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers – Outstanding Lawyer of the Year.

Chad and family live in North Oak Cliff. Chad is an avid runner, fantasy and science fiction reader, and Texas Tech football fan.